Nigeria’s Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS




The leader of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) in an audio recording released on Twitter Saturday, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

The message comes as Boko Haram members gather in the northeastern town of Gwoza in Nigeria for an expected showdown with a multinational force, including soldiers from Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon. Boko Haram, which has been connected to multiple attacks in Nigeria and Chad, has been trying to align itself with ISIS for some time. The group has explicitly rejected affiliation with al-Qaeda, however. Read more…

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Kickstarter Pitch Offers Full Refund Of Pledges … If Facebook Buys Company For $2B


Terribands650Projects on Kickstarter often promise certain perks to donors, and Eric Calisto, creator of party game Terribands, guaranteed to refund all pledges, under one condition: Facebook must acquire his game for $ 2 billion.

Calisto described Terribands as “a terrible game with a terrible name,” adding:

A party game using headbands. What’s on your head? A drunk girl? Someone getting gay married? Mrs. Claus? You have to guess!

I guarantee:

  • The game has been play-tested countless times and remains a favorite (I hope I’m not too biased on this one).
  • I will always take feedback into consideration, whether it is positive or negative.
  • I will share my Kickstarter experience (whether it is successful or not) to help others who are interested in starting a campaign of their own.

If you back my project I guarantee:

  • Genuine conversation through project comments.
  • Consistent updates about the project status.
  • Value from the experience and product.
  • You will not only receive consistent updates, but honest updates, as well.
  • If I get acquired by Facebook for $ 2 billion, you will get your money back!

While acquisitions in the billions of dollars are nothing new for Facebook — which scooped up immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR for $ 2 billion last month and cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for a whopping $ 19 billion in February — $ 2 billion for “a terrible game with a terrible name” is more than likely pushing it.

Readers: What did you think of Calisto’s Kickstarter pitch?